WIP Wednesday: Guest-hosted by Rebecca

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Hi there! My name is Rebecca and I blog over at Pieces and Cream. I’m delighted to be guest posting at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.
Lee and I are friends from the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild.

I live in Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I mostly spend my time tending to my two sons under 4 and trying to be a good wife. I teach science at a small college part-time and in my leisure time I sing at my church, ride my bicycle and make things, mostly quilts.
Summers in Wisconsin are very short, therefore we cram all our
festivals and fairs into about 3 months. That means I’ve been outside enjoying
the weather, have all sorts of things in progress and am way behind on BOM’s
and QAL’s. Oh well, got to enjoy the sun whilst we can.
I’ve been working on this quilt for a year because it’s been
put on the back burner a lot. I thought summer was a good time to bring it back
out and finish it. Some of you may remember the Dead Simple QAL at Lily’s
Quilts. The idea was to learn how to use a color palate, then match up the
colors to a fabric color palate, such as Kona Cotton Solids. I wasn’t overly
excited about the finished top, which is probably why it stayed a WIP for so
long. Well now that it’s quilted, I totally love it again. I tried “organic
straight line” quilting and it really added a ton to the finished quilt. I am
half done with the binding and hopefully will have it finished by next week.
 
I am a huge Malka Dubrawsky fan and used her Stitched in
Color line to make her Whirligig quilt from her book Fresh Quilting. I recently
basted this quilt and have decided it will be used to teach myself to
free-motion quilt. You’ve probably seen that Angela Walters wrote a book called
Free Motion Quilting. I picked up a copy after seeing a review and it’s got
awesome pictures that will really help me visualize how to start/stop and which
direction to go while quilting. I’ve just got to get over my fears and try it!!
This might remain a WIP while I give myself breaks from tackling such a huge
new skill.
Another project that is going to take me a long time is a
hexagon quilt. I FINALLY cut into my Echo by Lotta Jansdotter and what better
way to show off the large-scale prints than with 6.5” hexagons right? Even
though I won’t be hand piecing these together, I have to cut out around 150
whole and 50 half hexagons. That’s going to take me forever, making it another
one of those projects that remains a WIP for several months. If I try to do
this all at once, I’ll go crazy. I’ve been drooling over hexagon quilts and
Echo for a long time so this quilt will be well worth the wait.
Besides some bee blocks, the only other WIP that I have lying
around that I haven’t made progress on is the BOM over at Sew Mama Sew. I’ve
got 3 blocks done and have 3 more cut out. Even though I totally love my fabric
choices, I always forget about this before making plans for another quilt.
Speaking of that, there are no lack of plans for more quilts and there really
never are enough hours in the day, especially hours spent quilting! I bet most
of you can relate.Now it’s your turn to link up. Here are the rules:

1.
Link up any post from the past week that features at least one
unfinished work-in-progress (WIP)

2. Somewhere in your post, link back here to my blog. (Or grab
my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other links—because what fun is a linky
party without comments?

 

47 replies
  1. Janice
    Janice says:

    Love your projects! I really love the color palette you chose for you dead simple quilt. I think when it's so simple, the quilting really makes the quilt, so you HAVE to finish it to get the pay off!

  2. Kristy QP
    Kristy QP says:

    Great projects – love the organic straight line quilting on your colour palette quilt! Works beautifully 🙂

    Good luck with the hexagons! I admire hexagon quilts but don't think I have the patience to tackle one myself!

  3. Dee
    Dee says:

    Thanks for guest hosting and sharing a bit of your life with us. Being a mom and wife, enjoying your family…thank you for making that important and I can't wait to see your hexies! I love them!

  4. Marsha Cooper
    Marsha Cooper says:

    No quilting for me this week so I hope it's ok that I linked up anyway.
    I sure hope once this week is over that I can establish a routine that includes sewing!

  5. Patti
    Patti says:

    Great projects! I also did the Dead Simple QAL last year and loved with fabric. All those Echo hexies are going to make a great quilt!

  6. Julie
    Julie says:

    What fun projects Rebecca! I love the organic straight line quilting! It looks so stress free! Those hexagons are going to be so fun! I've made two different hexie quilts and love them! Thanks for guest hosting!

  7. Lee Heinrich
    Lee Heinrich says:

    First…those are great projects!! I actually love the color palette you did for the Dead Simple QAL! The green really punches up the other colors!

    Second…I used to live in Glendale, Wi…it always tickles me to run into people in blog land from the area (silly, I know)…Lee already knows that I stalk her just 'cuz she is from there. Just kidding! ;D

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